FBI Director Confirms Investigation of Links Between Trump Campaign and Russia

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FBI Director James Comey confirmed on Monday that the agency is investigating “the nature of any links” between the Russians meddling in the 2016 election and the campaign of Donald Trump, the first time he has publicly acknowledged such a probe.

Comey, appearing at a House Intelligence Committee hearing, said that he could not go into details, citing an ongoing investigation. He added that the Department of Justice had authorized him to confirm the investigation.

He said that the investigation was part of their “counter-intelligence mission.” He said that their probe will investigate “whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

The hearing riveted Washington, and the broadcast networks covering the initial part of the hearing live in addition to the news networks.

Comey said that their investigation included Russian interfering in the election itself, although he said that they have found no evidence that any votes were changed.

“We approach this work in an open-minded, independent way,” Comey said.

He said that the investigation began in late July.

He said that they did not have a timeline for the conclusion of the investigation, and later declined to comment on more specific details or on whether there is any validity to news reports of links to specific members of the Trump campaign.

“I am aware of public accounts. I don’t want to talk any more than that,” he said.

Later, after Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the committee, asked him whether there was any truth to Trump’s claims on Twitter that President Barack Obama ordered that Trump Tower be wiretapped during the campaign.

Comey said that the FBI and the Department of Justice has “no information that supports those tweets.”

Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, also testified, and also said that they have found no evidence to support Trump’s claim. He also said that the agency did not ask British intelligence services to spy on Trump. Last week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer cited a Fox News report making that claim.

Republicans spent the early part of the hearing focusing on the danger of leaks to the press coming from security agencies. Comey said any unauthorized disclosures of secret information also should be investigated.

Trump himself commented on the unfolding story before the hearing began.

Later, on the official White House account, Trump said that “the NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process.” Comey and Rogers said that while Russia did interfere in the election, they did not alter vote tallies on Election Day.

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  1. Frank Caruso says:

    All they are saying is that they are confirming an investigation. Why wasn’t the visit to a Judge in Hawaii under suspicion or a Secret Service member had his laptop stolen out of his vehicle. Besides how would have Russia or Putin affected an election? If the media was so concerned that Hillary should win, where were all those investigative reporters during the election?

  2. Steve Barr says:

    Get ready all you Trump cockroaches you’re Mango Mussolini is about to get his comeuppance three times full and running over .

  3. Mario smith says:

    THIS JUST IN, it’s all over the news, it’s been confirmed that the Russians hacked the election. Libs start celebrating.

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  5. kari says:

    These headlines are so misleading. Come on Variety.

  6. Julius says:

    Cue Apatow, Dunham, Schumer and John Legend to now say something asinine because of an “investigation.” The Russians did it! They hacked the election!

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